Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Doing Good Everyday By Connecting People

Do you believe in Karma? "Where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual." Or in other words "What goes around comes around". The idea that by doing something good or helping others, you will get get repaid in the future, in some shape or form.



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The Research


Did you know that actual research has shown that the happiest people are those that actually DO good for others? Whether that is giving up your free time to volunteer in a local charity shop, doing the shopping for an elderly neighbour or even paying for the coffee of someone behind you in a cafe.

When we do good things for others we reduce our own stress, including the physiological symptoms. When we are stressed for long periods the immune and cardiovascular systems are affected and abnormal cellular changes can cause premature ageing. 


A simple way to do good is to use companies that buy into this ethos of helping others. I always go to my local Pret-A-Manger in Cardiff as they give the left over food to the homeless at the end of the day. 

Another company that helps others is Lebara.  

Lebara - A Company That Helps Others

Lebara was founded in 2001 by Rasiah R Leon, Baskaran Kandiah and Ratheesan Yoganathan.

They shared a vision to create a mobile phone company to help migrant communities keep in touch with loved ones back home. They wanted to do this by providing high-quality, low-cost products and services. Yet an important part of the culture of the company is the desire to give back to ethnic communities all around the world.



Helping children in Sri Lanka in 2010

Aged 15, Lebara co-founder and CEO Ratheesan Yoganathan sought refuge in the UK from the Sri Lankan Civil War, and in 2004 Ratheesan witnessed the impact of the Tsunami in Asia. Seeing first-hand what happens to young children when denied basic needs such as water, food, shelter and education really affected him. It was then that the idea for the Lebara Foundation was first thought of. In 2008, the Lebara Foundation was registered with the aim of providing health, housing and schooling for displaced communities around the world.

The Projects

There are many projects that Lebara have helped since its start. The Foundation has gone from supporting around 1,000 children in one country to assisting over 150,000 children across 11 countries. 

Here are just a sample of the good causes they help below.

South India School And Village



The biggest project so far from a donation of €10 million in 2011 is being used to build a school and village in South India. The project will provide 1,000 children with access to education and sustainable community-based care for their families. 

Artifical Limb Project



The 26 year war in Sri Lanka was brutal and terrible and more than a year after the end of the war an estimated 160,000 amputees lack proper prosthetic limbs.

The Lebara Foundation’s Artificial Limbs project aims to help 200 of the poorest people by providing artificial limbs, as well as support, both physically through rehabilitation and emotionally.

IFRC Educational Project Poland




The Lebara Foundation has donated €100,000 in funding a project that will educate children and young people through health promotion, self-care awareness and the teaching of first aid. 

Working closing with the Polish Red Cross this important project aims to reduce health risks and accident levels by changing attitudes and behaviours.

How You Can Help

By using a Lebara SIM card or mobile, as well as getting a great cost effective plan you are doing good everyday by buying from a company that helps others in so many ways, and not just be donating to charity, by directly helping others. You can read more about the projects the Lebara Foundation support here.

What do you think about Lebara's ethos and the Lebara Foundation?

* This post is in association with Lebara
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44 comments

  1. Great post. I do love helping others, I think it's produces great karma. Never heard about the SIM card or mobiles before.

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    1. I think it makes you a happier person too.

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  2. Helping each other's is not only good for them but good for you - good karma and you know you've done something good for someone else. I try to do something every day

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  3. It's so important to help each other in today's society. I'm a big believer in karma!

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  4. I do believe in karma and what goes around comes around. Never heard of his company before though so thanks for sharing x

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    1. I hope you will check them out Stephanie.

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  5. We definitely believe in Karma. Lovely post x

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  6. I don't believe in Karma but I am certain helping others makes you happier :)

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  7. What a lovely way to help other people by just going about your daily. Effortless - I wish more companies would adopt this attitude!

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  8. What a lovely post, it is so important to help others as it only fair to pay forward x

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  9. I also believe in karma and what goes around comes around. This looks like a great project to be involved with x

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    1. I think what they are doing is admirable.

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  10. It's great to do good things. I personally don't believe in karma though, i believe in grace and forgiveness x

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  11. I think it is an amazing Ethos. I like the idea of company helping others whether big or small.
    I believe in karma and try really hard to give back and do good x

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  12. I don't believe in karma but I do believe in doing good to help others.

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  13. We believe in doing good and I encourage the boys to do acts of kindness where they can

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    1. I think that is a lovely thing to do, to encourage your children to do acts of kindness.

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  14. I believe in karma and I treat people how I would want to be treated.

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  15. I am a huge believer in Karma and you do always feel much better by helping someone else x

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    1. I think you do feel good helping others.

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  16. I do believe in karma - but some people believe in revenge and call it karma! ;)

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  17. What a fantastic sounding campaign - I would definitely like to believe in karma! x

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    1. I think it is great that they are donating to these causes through the foundation. Don't forget they don't have to :)

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  18. What a great idea! Helping others is the best feeling ever xx

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  19. i have always been a great believer in karma and its such a great idea

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  20. I love helping people, not for any reward, just because I have always felt if you can, you should! Nice one, Lebara there should be more companies like you!

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  21. What an amazing company. They set a real example to the other mobile providers don't they. So many companies talk about social and corporate responsibility whilst just viewing it as a marketing badge! And yes, I definitely believe in karma. I love a quote by Helen Gurley Brown (started Cosmopolitan) who said "remember you don't personally have to do the work of the Gods". x

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    1. I think they do set an example to other mobile providers, as they don't have to do this.

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  22. I certainly believe in karma! .. what a super company ethos!

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  23. My wife and I both believe in Karma. Great post

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  24. Karma and giving totally go hand in hand.

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  25. A lovely way to reach out and so important!

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  26. I'm a huge believer in karma and try to help others whenever I can

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  27. It's so hard to take a step away from ourselves at times with being so busy and focused but thinking of others is definitely key to happiness. I try to encourage my children to be like this.

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    1. That is a great thing to encourage your children to think of others.

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  28. I try to do little bits each day to make my family happy eg leaving notes in lunches etc and then I sometimes send friends and families flowers or goodies just because. It makes me feel good knowing I've put a smile on someone's face. I also do random acts of kindness to online/strangers x

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    1. That sounds lovely about leaving notes for your family. I think it would make them smile and make you feel good too.

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  29. Very interesting post. I knew about Lebara as a company but I had no idea what's behind it ;-)

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